A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle from the 432nd Wing out of Creech Air Force Base, Nev., takes off from the Rafael Hernandez Airport outside Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Jan. 28, 2010, for a mission in support of Operation Unified Response. Airmen from Creech Air Force Base are providing 24/7 full-motion video in real time to international relief workers on the ground in Haiti in order to speed up humanitarian aid in remote areas of the country. The Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development are providing aid and relief to Haitian citizens affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the region Jan. 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. James L. Harper Jr., U.S. Air Force/Released)
In a new poll half of Americans believe that the money we spend on the military is the proper amount.
According to The Hill:
The portion of Americans who believe the nation’s defense spending is “about right” has reached a record high, at 50 percent, compared to 31 percent who say it is too much and 17 percent who say it is too little, a survey from Gallup found.
Those saying spending is about right nearly doubled from 27 percent in 2016, most of it migration from those who said spending was too little, which fell from 37 percent to 17 percent.
The shift in opinion is largely driven by Republicans, who were far less likely to believe the U.S. was not spending enough on defense during the Obama administration. Twenty-three percent of Republicans believed U.S. spending was about right in 2016, compared to 72 percent who believe the same in 2020. About 23 percent of the increase occurred in the past year, according to Gallup.
A similar, albeit smaller, shift occurred among independents, with 42 percent saying the U.S. spends the right amount on defense in 2020 compared to 26 percent in 2016. The percentage who think the U.S. spends too much, 39 percent, was relatively unchanged since 2016.
However, Democrats do believe that the amount of spending is too much at 51 percent.